Mildred Mary (Hartter) Gillispie

Mildred Mary (Hartter) Gillispie passed away at Midland Hospice Care on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Lawrence, KS. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence with a Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

Mildred was born March 24, 1921, in Sabetha, KS, the daughter of Joseph and Ida (Aeschliman) Hartter. She was united in marriage to James William Gillispie on January 29, 1943, in Chicago, IL. After moves to several cities (due to Jim’s naval service during World War II), Milly and Jim decided to make Lawrence, KS their home in 1947. Thus started the creation of a wonderful home for their beloved children. Milly chose to be a homemaker to her nine children until the youngest started school. Thereafter, she went to work for Evans Auto Supply Store in Lawrence, then after many years Milly worked in food service for Lawrence High School.
Milly was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She and her husband were instrumental in the building of the Catholic grade school, supporting Catholic education throughout their entire lives. In addition, Milly was a member of the Amercian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, devoting many evenings to running the concession stand on bingo nights. Until the last few years of her life, she was also an active bridge player with many of her friends. Milly was an avid sports fan; she was an especially active follower and supporter of the Jayhawks and, much to the bewildering dismay of several of her children, the Oakland Raiders.

Milly was preceded in death by her husband who passed away October 5, 1983; her parents; her brother, George Hartter; and her son-in-law, Dennis Brand. Milly is survived by her five sons: Jeff (Jacque), The Woodlands, TX; Jim (Vivian), Belleville, IL; Bill, Baldwin City; Mike (Barbara), Overland Park; and Howard (Mickie), Lawrence, and her four daughters: Maggie Heeter (David), Shawnee; Mary Brand, Lawrence; Cleo Murphy (Tom), Topeka; and Patti Green (Tom), Lawrence. She is also survived by her brother, Earl Hartter (Lavonne), Olathe; 21grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren and still counting.

Milly was one wonderful, caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, and friend. If you can imagine multiple long distance camping vacations with up to nine children in a Ford station wagon, you have some idea of just how devoted, strong-willed and patient Milly was. Only the heart of a natural mother would willingly embrace such challenges as joys to be readily accepted, memories to be savored in later years of reflection. Those outside her family described her as also being kind-hearted, patient, merciful, and just. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her, understood from experience that she never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything – but also understood that when prompted, she could speak her mind, declare her judgment about an issue. Those who knew her best described her as a joy to know and love.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Mildred’s name to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Midland Care Hospice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

10 Condolences

  1. Lois Mersmann on April 11, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Sara, Jason and family,

    We are sorry to learn of the loss of your grandmother. We have fond memories of Milly and know you do, too. She was a lovely lady.

    God bless you and grant you peace.

    Fred and Lois

  2. Diane and Keith Montague on April 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Mrs. Gillispie was always a joy to be with; all that energy and love to bring up her beautiful family. And all the parties. Mildred was always interesting and enthusiastic and we enjoyed many wonderful and insightful conversations with her over the many years that we knew her years. She was beloved and a blessing in the lives of all she touched.

  3. Katrina Deitcher on April 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Cleo and family we send our sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Deitcher Family

  4. Susie Hartter Albertson on April 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    To all my Gillispie cousins: I am very sorry for the passing of your mom/Aunt Millie. I will always remember her warm embraces and no nonsense personality! She is a treasure.

    My thoughts are with you all,

  5. Dan and Paula Gillispie on April 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We have such fond and wonderful memories of Aunt Milly and the times we all spent together. May God bless you all with his grace, love and peace.

    Love always,
    Paula and Dan

  6. Jose and Silvia Amador on April 13, 2014 at 6:06 am

    As in-laws in this wonderful family that Milly helped established, we are saddened by her passing to be with the Lord. But we also are very grateful to her for creating the foundation of a family of which now we are members. So many accomplishments in such a long life. The eulogy covers it very well.

  7. Jim and Ginny O'Connell on April 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Milly. She was a wonderful lady, great client (loved during her hair) and loved to talk KU sports. Will miss our weekly conversations.

    Thoughts and prayers!

  8. Bob & Susie Brooks on April 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Jeff, Jacque and Gillispie family…….we have such fond memories of your Mom and the entire Gillispie families at weddings in Texas. We also remember watching several Kansas basketball games at these events and cheering your team on to victory!
    God’s Blessings and peace to you all.

    Bob and Susie

  9. Laura Heim, the plant lady on April 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Millie was a very nice lady and she will be missed. She loved her roses. 🙂

  10. Ruel on October 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I’m sorry time and traffic were agsinat me this evening. I’m finally home and raising a proper cup of tea to Milly. Thank you Robert for all you did to get everyone together.

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